Welcome from the Director

Tom Dingus, VTTI Director

It is rare to have a career in which one feels they are truly making a difference. It is rarer still to work with others–faculty, staff, and students–who are dedicated to such a daunting endeavor. But that is what makes VTTI unique. This is a community with a voracious desire to dig deep to find the solutions that will ensure the safety of all ground transportation users, from truck and car drivers to motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. This is a community that is dedicated to creating a sustainable transportation system and to preserving our mobility, our infrastructure, and our environment.

It has been 30 years since VTTI was founded. Then called the Center for Transportation Research, we encompassed 15 employees. Today, we stand at more than 500 employees, house the largest group of driving safety researchers in the world, annually see sponsored research expenditures of more than $40 million, have an infrastructure worth more than $110 million, and support close to 300 undergraduate and graduate students who are gaining first-hand knowledge into the field of transportation research.

This is but a snapshot of what VTTI has accomplished. What we will continue to accomplish is nothing short of our core mission: to save lives, save time, save money, and protect the environment.

Virginia Smart Road

The Virginia Smart Road is a unique, state-of-the-art, full-scale, closed test-bed research facility managed by VTTI and owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The Smart Road continues to play an important role in the overall success of the institute and its research endeavors. Transportation scientists and product developers have spent more than 20,000 hours conducting research on this high-tech highway since its opening.